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ISFD 26th Annual Pinnacle Awards® Celebration at High Point Market

Furniture World News Desk on 10/10/2022


The International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) will celebrate its 26th annual Pinnacle Awards on Monday, October 24, 6-9 pm. This year’s theme “Creating Tomorrow’s Homes” focuses on the styles, forms, finishes, and functionality of the furnishings that will be part of our future lives. The reception and industries’ highest awards ceremony honoring the winners from 20 competitive design categories will take place at the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center on the campus of High Point University. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the ISFD Foundation Scholarship Fund which supports gifted student designers from schools across the country. For ticket information visit isfd.org.

“At the annual Pinnacle Awards Celebration, we recognize the creative designers whose work is brought to life by manufacturers and then introduced into our homes by retailers and interior designers,” stated John Conrad, ISFD executive director. “This celebration also provides an excellent opportunity for designers, manufacturers, and retailers to network and reconnect with friends, colleagues, and industry veterans as they experience firsthand the award-winning designs created for tomorrow’s homes.”

The evening’s festivities will include co-Masters of Ceremonies Libby Langdon, interior design icon, author, product designer and makeover television personality, who will also share her thoughts as the keynote speaker along with Bill McLoughlin, editor in chief of Furniture Today.

Dignitaries from the home furnishings industry that will present the Pinnacle Awards include: Ray Allegrezza, executive director, IHFRA; Emily Boyst, sales & product manager, Hooker Furnishings and vice president/president elect, WITHIT; Dawn Brinson, national president, IFDA and president, The Media Matters; Patti Carpenter, Global Trend Ambassador; Andy Counts, CEO, American Home Furnishings Alliance; Jane Dagmi, managing director, HPXD; Carrie Dillon, managing director, International Textile Alliance; Diane Falvey, editor in chief, Furniture Lighting & Décor; Nancy Fire, co-founder, Design Works International; Bob Maricich, CEO, International Market Centers; Jaye Anna Mize, vice president, Fashion Snoops; Kaitlin Petersen, editor in chief, Business of Home; Mark Schumacher, president, HFA.

Conrad added, “I would also like to thank the judging panel who represents an influential mix of high-profile industry leaders and innovators including: Andrea Banda, vice president of merchandising, Rooms To Go; Michelle Castagna, president, IFDA Florida Chapter; Scott Coley, independent product designer and ISFD Board Member; Diane Falvey, editor in chief, Furniture, Lighting & Décor; Jonsara Ruth, design director, Healthy Materials Lab, associate professor, Interior Designs, Parsons School of Design; Andrea Lillo, executive editor, Designers Today; Lewis Mabon, independent product designer and ISFD Board Member; Kristen Moonjian, director of home interiors + design, Fashion Snoops; Jennifer Nutt, senior furniture buyer, Rooms To Go Baby, Kids & Teen; Chris Rayle, vp case goods product development, Rooms To Go; Katherine Shoaf, director of merchandising and sales, Radiate Textiles; Julie Talbert, merchandiser stylist, P/Kaufmann; Marcia Weiss, director of the Fashion & Textiles Future Center, director of Textiles Future Center, director of the Textile Design Programs and the Harold Neuman Textile design chair at Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University.

A list of all the finalists along with images of their products can be found at 2022 Pinnacle Awards finalists.

The 2022 Pinnacle Awards sponsors are: Continental Hardware, Elements Studios, Furniture Design Studios, Furniture Today, High Point Market Authority, International Market Centers, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Leggett & Platt, and Sherwin-Williams. Also, thanks to High Point University and the International Textile Alliance (ITA) for their continued support.

About ISFD: The International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) is an association advocating for outstanding design and the furniture designers whose creativity drives the industry’s engine. They seek to elevate the role of design and designer through networking, mentorship, and professional development opportunities, and continuously promote, advance and support the profession of furniture design and its positive impact.

With professional and student members around the world and across the country, their diverse professional membership specializes in residential and contract furnishings and accessories. More information about ISFD and their awards programs, please visit their website, ISFD.org.